David Dimbleby is to leave Question Time after 25 years on the BBC's flagship political programme.
The presenter, who will leave the show at the end of the year, said it was "the right moment" to go.
The 79-year-old, who has chaired the show since 1994, insisted he was "not giving up broadcasting" but planned "to return to my first love: reporting".
There must be something in the water at the moment. What with ITV's announcement the other day, that Peston's programme is being relegated to a graveyard slot on Wednesday evenings, Dimbleby has said he is leaving QT.
I don't know why he is so popular. He is totally inept, ill informed and seems half asleep most of the time. He is truly someone who has traded off a family brand name. When he did the commentary for the Queen's Jubilee, he clearly had done no preparation and his monotonous commentary completely ruined the event for me. As for his tenure at QT, my comments would probably border on the illegal, but his PC "stewardship" of the programme has been a disaster. I say good riddance
The BBC are looking for a female replacement because the previous presenters have been men. Wouldn't the best person for the job be a better idea?